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Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Rise Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 179kcal
Author: Holly
Serve this Cinnamon Swirl Bread warm from the oven for a deliciously soft treat!



  • 1 ¼ cups milk warm but not hot
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons instant yeast see notes for active dry directions
  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 Tablespoons butter softened



  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • Butter and Maple Syrup optional- to serve



  • Mix warm milk and yeast on low speed with a dough hook. Add flour and salt gradually, mix on low speed for about 2 minutes until the dough forms a ball.
  • Add softened butter and mix again on low speed until butter is fully incorporated - about 2 minutes. Dough will look dry and tough.
  • Knead dough by hand until it becomes soft and smooth - about 5 minutes. The dough will be slick but not sticky.
  • Transfer dough back to the bowl and allow it to rise in a warm place until doubled in size— about 1 - 1½ hours.


  • Once dough has doubled in size, roll out into a rectangle - approximately 8” wide, 15” long and ¼” thick.
  • Combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Spread evenly over the dough.
  • Roll dough tightly into a log and transfer to a buttered loaf pan. Allow to rise for another 1 - 1 ½ hours.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Brush top of dough with milk and bake uncovered on the middle rack for 25 - 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
  • Cool bread for at least 30 minutes before slicing. Run a knife around the edges to remove from pan.
  • Store bread in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.


If using active dry yeast, allow milk and yeast to sit for 5 minutes before adding remaining ingredients.


Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 234mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 131IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg